It is still a Rich World

I lost another job today. The job, for an environmental agency communicating biodiversity, was ‘suspended’ due to slashed budgets. This kind of thing is happening all over the environmental and social sector as we start to feel the impact of austerity measures resulting from the enormous transfer of public wealth to private banks and corporations. I am not in the slightest bit convinced that we are not able to afford environmental and social programmes; yes, its true our governments are loaded with debt and the economy is in tatters, but this is still a rich country (and certain markets, such as the art market have remained buoyant).  Feigning poverty to avoid collective responsiblity is a cheap trick. I do not for a second believe that we do not have the money to protect biodiversity, provide ecological education, or stop climate change – but these programmes are all being slashed. It’s not that I lost a job, but it is that some vitally important work is not being done.

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